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Soft brake pedal after topping up fluid . what do i need to do plz on landrover v8i

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A soft or "bleeding/fading" pedal is usually a sign of a leak or air in the system somewhere..if its a leak you will see a "wet" spot somewhere on the backside of a wheel, or somewhere along the under frame of the vehicle..if no leaks are found, locate and bleed the brakelines until no bubbles are seen in the fluid discharge(takes 2 people to do at home) one to open the bleed valves and 1 to work the pedal slowly..in rare cases if the master cylinder is bad, it will allow fluid to leak past the plunger seal which means its time for a new master cylinder, these are a core item also so your old one will be returned to the store for credit..good luck..repost with findings please...thnx

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Was it low to where air entered the lines?

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